Faces of Depression Project: Jessica’s Story

NAME: Jessica Taylor AGE: 20* LOCATION: Devon* OCCUPATION: Studying Clinical Psychology at the University of Lincoln* “I think I’ve had depression since my early teens, but I always put it down to my hormones and just being a typical moody teenager. I’d often find that the smallest things would upset and offend me, even things that were intended as a joke. I remember telling my parents once that I thought there was something wrong with me because no matter what I did I just couldn’t cheer up, I’d just be miserable all the time. My dad told me to go and buy myself something

Faces of Depression Project: Hazel’s Story

NAME: Hazel Robinson AGE: 22* LOCATION: Bromley, Kent* OCCUPATION: Studying Pharmacy at The University of Reading* “Since the age of 12 years old I have suffered eating disorders. Instead of my experience being one episode that occurred over a short period of time, for me to realise I need to recover and then have been well since, I have actually relapsed throughout my teenage years flittering between compulsive exercising, self induced vomiting and in one circumstance- a severe case of anorexia nervosa. At 12 years old, wearing size 14 womens clothes, my Mum decided it was high time that I cut down on

Faces of Depression Project: Elle’s Story

NAME: Elle AGE: 22* LOCATION: Cambridge* OCCUPATION: Studying Politics at the University of East Anglia*   “My problems started around four years ago, which as I’m only 20 years old, seems bizarre. How could someone so young have spent so much of their life like this? The problem is, when I was in a bad way, I couldn’t even remember the good days that came before, sometimes it’s all I can remember knowing. But that’s the thing with mental illness; it simply does not discriminate. There is a stigma and a view that it should be secret, hidden, something to be ashamed of. Well

Faces of Depression Project: Chandni’s Story

Name: Chandni Bhanderi Age: 23* Location: Harrow, Middlesex* Occupation: Studying at Metropolitan University*   “My main diagnosis is for anorexia nervosa – restrictive type. I have always had issues with food and my perception of myself.  I remember being as young as 6 years old and having eating disordered thoughts. I went through a few years in my early teen years where I emotionally overate as I had a negative view of myself and felt that I was not good enough and so I used food as a comfort.  This only made me feel worse about myself as I started

MHAW16 (Day 7): The Most Important Type of Relationship

“Nobody can make you happy and you can’t make anyone else happy until you’re happy with yourself first.” The most important relationship you should have is the relationship you have with yourself. There’s only so far we can go with putting the needs of others before ours. Some of us may be so occupied with caring for others or the realisation of being ‘alone’ can scare you and you prefer to distract yourself by keeping yourself surrounded by people. But an important thing to remember is that you have to create your own happiness or satisfaction first before you can

MHAW16 (Day 6): Improving Your Relationships

Relationships take effort and if you want and appreciate your friends/partner, you too are also responsible for maintaining a healthy friendship/relationship. “Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over.” – Octavia Butler Make time for your relationships. Sometimes, we may not have the time to physically see them as often as you’d like or previously used to. That’s life, things change and situations

MHAW16 (Day 5): Destructive Relationships

A healthy relationship with your friends, family or partner can allow you to grow, flourish and can have an important impact on your wellbeing. However, there is a dark side to relationships and being vulnerable in some relationships or being in contact with the wrong people can allow us to be victims of any type of abuse. Abuse can come in the form of obvious physical abuse to very subtle and long-lasting emotional abuse. Any kind of abuse can be equally as destructive to the individual. Therefore, it is important for our wellbeing to recognise the signs and do all we can to take

MHAW16 (Day 4): Romantic Relationships

 Being in a relationship with someone else is also another important type of relationship that can have an important impact on our wellbeing. Being in love with someone can take you on a ridiculously wild emotional ride and can either make or break us – if we allow it. Having recently gone through a break-up, writing a post about romantic relationships was well overdue. So this post is an attempt to share my thoughts on the highs (but mostly the lows) of being in an intimate relationship. Moreover, this is like a reminder to myself to keep going, tips I wish I would

MHAW16 (Day 3): The Importance of Family

A relationship with your family is often the first and most enduring type of relationships we have. Family isn’t just the people who live together in the same house for a significant amount of our lives, but the people who are connected together by a strong bond and share experiences; creating good memories (marriages, births) and surviving through the bad (family feuds, deaths etc.). Some of us are lucky to have big families with many aunties, uncles, cousins etc. and some of us don’t, but I think what is most important is the bond that families have. Families should be an vital source of emotional

MHAW16 (Day 2): Friendships

Whether it’s at school, college, University or work – at some point in our lives we’ve experienced the highs and lows that friendships bring. During these life stages I’ve learned a thing or two about friendship- what it is, what it isn’t and the value and power it has on our wellbeing and our lives as a whole. “Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.” – Cicero It’s not about HOW MANY friends you have, it’s about WHO you have In this generation, social media (i.e., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.) is